• 72°

Barber charged with drunken driving

By Shavonne Potts
spotts@salisburypost.com
MOUNT ULLA — Rowan County Commissioner Jon Barber was charged Sunday evening with driving while impaired after authorities said he was involved in a single-vehicle collision not far from his home.
Barber, 51, of 335 Umberger Road, Mount Ulla, was also charged with failing to maintain lane control.
Barber was found by the N.C. State Highway Patrol about 5:30 p.m. on Graham Road, at N.C. 150.
According to a report by Trooper M.T. Eason, Barber was “unsteady on his feet, had a slight odor of alcohol, his speech was slurred, had difficulty understanding instruction and performed poorly on the standard field sobriety test.”
Barber refused a field breath test and was taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center to have blood drawn for testing, an arrest warrant said.
It may be months before results are known.
Since he refused a breath test at the scene, Barber’s driver’s license was automatically revoked for 30 days. He was issued a written promise to appear in court while at the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office. He was no longer listed as an inmate in the Rowan County jail early today.
He will have a first court appearance Wednesday.
Barber, who is currently being investigated by the SBI, is accused of taking a $2.99 bottle of wine from a local convenience store.
A police report said the investigation involves a bottle of wine stolen around 6 a.m. April 10 — a Sunday morning — from the Rushco store at 601 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.
The larceny of a bottle of wine is a misdemeanor.
In May 2010, Barber was suspected of showing up drunk in his sixth-grade classroom at Southeast Middle School. The next day he resigned from his teaching job.
Barber told the Post at the time he left the school early that day and told administrators he was resigning “to pursue other opportunities.” He has since begun farming in western Rowan.
Barber pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in June 2008 after being found in February of that year passed out in his car near the corner of Sherrills Ford and Long Branch roads. His blood alcohol content was .18, more than twice the legal limit of .08.
County commissioners can only be required to resign if convicted of a felony. Driving while impaired is a misdemeanor.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

Comments

Comments closed.

Local

Catawba holds baccalaureate services for Class of 2021

News

$9M settlement for two men wrongfully sent to death row

Nation/World

China lands spacecraft on Mars in latest advance for its space program

Business

Gas crunch hits Washington; Colonial Pipeline paid nearly $5 million in Bitcoin ransome

Coronavirus

State mostly returns to normal operations after 15 months of lockdowns, restrictions

Crime

Blotter: Man accused of stealing car, crashing it

Crime

Man faces new charge of attempted murder for father’s shooting

BREAKING NEWS

Gov. Cooper lifts indoor mask mandate for most situations, gathering limits

Crime

Barnes gets new punishment of two life sentences in Tutterow couple’s 1992 murder

High School

High school football: State’s top honor goes to Jalon Walker

Local

Scout’s Honor: With dedication of flag retirement box, Salem Fleming earns Eagle Scout rank

College

North Carolina king, queen of NCAA lacrosse tourneys

Education

Kannapolis seniors walk elementary schools

Local

Local real estate company employees come out in force to build Habitat house

Local

Quotes of the week

Coronavirus

Auditors find oversight lacking for $3 billion of state’s pandemic aid

Nation/World

When will gas situation return to normal?

Local

Rowan native Shuping posthumously receives Concord Police Department’s Medal of Valor, Purple Heart

News

GOP measure on penalties for rioting draws fire

News

Black high school softball player told to cut hair

Coronavirus

State shows 303 COVID-19 deaths in Rowan

Coronavirus

CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors

Crime

One arrested, another hospitalized in Castor Road stabbing

China Grove

China Grove Roller Mill open for tours Saturday